Temple of Demeter in Taman Followup

Last May we mentioned the discovery of a Temple of Demeter near Taman (in Russia) (Temple of Demeter from Russia) … Greek Reporter today has an update of sorts:

The discovery of the Temple of Demeter, that was found in ancient Greek ruins in Taman of South Russia last spring, has become the centre of attention among archaelogists and experts.

According to the news website ‘greek.ruvr.ru’, it is assumed that the temple of Demeter is the place where the Eleusinian Mysteries were being held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone, based in Eleusis of ancient Greece.

The head of the excavations, Nikolai Sudaref, believes that further excavations will reveal that the temple found last spring constitutes only a part of the place of worship.

“This temple is an extraordinary construction and was built by eminent architects using public expenditures. Undoubtedly it’s a qualitative work”, the Russian archaeologist emphasizes.

According to mythology, the Eleusinian mysteries represented the myth of the abduction of Persephone from her mother Demeter by the king of the underworld Hades, in a cycle with three phases, the “descent” (loss), the “search” and the “ascent”, with the main theme the “ascent” of Persephone and the reunion with her mother. It was a major festival during the Hellenic era, and later spread to Rome.

Nikolai Sudaref concludes that the Eleusinian mysteries were a ticket to the paradise that the underworld Hades offered.

I tried to track down the article at the Russian site mentioned above (which is the Greek version of The Voice of Russia) but came up empty. The English version had a brief item on March 5:

Russian archaeologists working near Anapa on the Black Sea have dug up an ancient Greek temple devoted to the fertility goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone.

They believe the structure is much older than the Parthenon.

Wheelock Related Websites

A useful list which appeared on the Latin Study list (posted with permission):

All these websites were designed with Wheelock’s Latin in mind:

Absolute MUSTS (IMveryHO) …

Wheelock’s FAQ index by chapter

Study Guide to Wheelock by Dale Grote

CONF: Classical Beauty

Seen on the Classicists list (I’m a bit late with this one):

Booking closes tomorrow, Wednesday 7th March, for places on the following international conference:

Classical Beauty: reflections on ancient aesthetics, at Durham University on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd March 2012, generously sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics, Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study, and the Department of Classics & Ancient History at Durham University

Thursday 22nd March 2012

The College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham

12.45-1.00 p.m. Registration

1.00-2.15 p.m. Lunch

2.15-2.20 p.m. Introduction and welcome

Session 1: Beauty and the Greeks
2.20-3.20 Professor David Konstan (New York University): The Greek Idea of Beauty

3.20-3.45 Tea and coffee

Session 2: Aesthetics in Literature
3.45-4.45 Professor Pierre Destree (University of Louvain-la-Neuve): Beauty and Aesthetic Pleasures
4.45-5.45 Professor Malcolm Heath (University of Leeds): Unity

6.00-7.00 Drinks reception

7.30-10.00 Conference dinner

10.00 Bus shuttle to Van Mildert College

Friday 23rd March 2012

The Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College, Durham

Session 3: Beauty in Painting
9.30-10.30 Professor Agnès Rouveret (University of Paris X-Nanterre): Painting and private art collections in Rome

10.30-11.00 Coffee

Session 4: Aesthetics in Architecture
11.00-12.00 Professor Catherine Saliou (University of Paris VIII): Architectural Beauty and Society, 4th century B.C. to 4th century A.D.
12.00-1.00 Dr Edmund Thomas (Durham University): Reflections on Architectural Beauty and Aesthetics

1.00-2.30 Lunch

2.30-3.30 Table Ronde. Respondent: Professor Glenn Most (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

3.30-4.00 Tea and coffee

4.00-7.00 Excursions (Durham Cathedral, Palace Green Library)

There is no conference fee, but a small charge is made for lunch (£5.50, students or unwaged £4.50) and dinner (£25 + wine, students £20 + wine).

Anyone interested in attending the conference should please email me at e.v.thomas AT durham.ac.uk by Wednesday 7th March.

A small number of rooms are available at Van Mildert College for those requiring overnight accommodation at the following rates:
Single ensuite: £42
Single, shared bathroom: £31
Twin, ensuite: £76
Enquiries regarding accommodation should be sent to Mrs Janet Dawson, Van Mildert College at jan.dawson AT durham.ac.uk.

CFP: Women as Classical Scholars

Seen on the Classicists list:

The brilliant Hellenist JACQUELINE DE ROMILLY, the first woman nominated
to the Collège de France, and only the second to enter the Académie
Française, was born on 26th March 1913.

In order to celebrate her achievements on the centenary of her birth,
alongside those of other women pioneers in the study of the languages,
literature, history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, Rosie Wyles
(Post-Doctoral Associate, APGRD, and specialist in Early Modern French
scholarship, esecially the work of Madame Anne Dacier) and Edith Hall
(KCL) are organising a thoroughly festive one-day interdisciplinary
conference, ‘Women as Classical Scholars’.

The date is Saturday March 23rd 2013 and the venue will be the University
of Notre Dame in London, 1 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG (just off
Trafalgar Square). A book or online resource will result from the
proceedings of the day.

We are truly delighted to announce that Ruth Webb, Professor of Greek at
the Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3, who knew de Romilly personally
and professionally, has agreed to deliver the keynote address.

Further papers are invited on any aspect of women’s relationship with
classical learning and the classical world from antiquity to the present
day. Those interested in offering a paper should submit an abstract of
about 300 words to rosiewyles AT gmail.com by the end of April 2012.